The Braes

No 10 is situated in a quiet and historic area of Skye known as The Braes on a road which ends at Loch Sligachan and is close to working crofts with usually more sheep on the road than cars.

The township of Peinachorran is near the scene of the Battle of the Braes. On Skye, the cruelty of the clearances and the disregard for human life and values came to a head in 1882 when the crofters remaining in the Braes at the time were denied access to Ben Lee to graze their stock. In retaliation the crofting tenants withheld rent pending the restoration of their grazing rights but the landlord, the then Lord MacDonald, decided to evict them. However the Sheriff Officer sent from Portree was met by an angry mob, who burned the eviction notices.

Subsequently 50 Glasgow policemen, sent to quell the rebellion, faced 100 men, women and children, armed with sticks and stones. The rebellion led to the Napier Commission and ultimately the Crofters Act of 1886, which brought security of tenure and the right to hand a croft on to their heirs. A monument to the Battle of the Braes is about a mile and a half back towards Portree.

Many lovely beach and hill walks are readily accessible. The eastern slopes of Ben Lee, providing pleasant hill walks are right on the door step and there is a loch side walk beside Loch Sligahan just a few minutes away. The strange winged-shaped promontory called The Aird is also within easy walking distance and at low tide the adventurous can explore deep and mysterious caves. The fascinating island of Raasay, seen beyond the Aird, can be reached by a frequent car ferry service from Sconser.

Skye's busy and attractive capital, Portree, is only 7 miles away and offers holiday makers all amenities in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Because there is little light pollution, this is a great place to get away from it all and bring your telescope! Whilst we cannot guarantee the weather, we can guarantee the view night or day!

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